What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness itself is an exercise. Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.
" First and foremost, mindfulness concerns a clear awareness of one's inner and outer worlds, including thoughts, emotions, sensations, actions, or surroundings as they exist at any given moment (e.g., Mishra, 2004) "(Brown et al., 2007, pg. 213). This means that mindfulness is the full focus of the mind otherwise it will not work. It has to be the state of appreciating everything around you without any problem. Mindfulness has to be the acceptance of one's mind without any negative thoughts.
Brown, Kirk Warren, Ryan, Richard M, & Creswell, J. David. (2007). Mindfulness: Theoretical Foundations and Evidence for its Salutary Effects. Psychological Inquiry, 18(4), 211–237. https://doi.org/10.1080/10478400701598298
Types of Mindfulness Meditations
Mindfulness of Thoughts
Being aware of your thoughts arising in your mind and passing away and having a sense of distance between yourself and your thoughts. You allow the thoughts to come and go as they please, without judging or attaching to them.
Mindfulness of Breath
Focusing your attention on the feeling of your in-breath and out-breath. Each time your mind wanders, bring your attention back non-judgmentally.
Try this 3-minute meditation!
Mindfulness of Body
Feeling the physical sensation in your body from moment to moment. You can also practice this together with the awareness of breathing.
Why Do We Practice Mindfulness?
This type of mediation can help decrease stress, anxiety, and depression. It helps us to become present in our own lives. It can help us make better decisions and manage our emotions to become fully engaged in life.
Someone who practices mindfulness can experience an increase in cognitive focus. We relate mindfulness with exercise and strength training on this page. Combining the two will help you achieve your goals in the gym.